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Improving Mental Health

Improving Mental Health

About the Cause

We understand the devastating toll mental health issues can put on sufferers, and their loved ones. This is why we are passionate about supporting causes that help people live a better and more fulfilling life by improving mental health.

In some ways, we are fortunate to now live in a world in which mental health issues can be openly discussed among family, friends and in our workplaces. But we know there is a still a long way to go to dispel the stigma and misunderstandings surrounding mental health issues.

Here’s a selection of causes we’ve supported that help improve mental health.

World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day is a globally recognised event committed to raising awareness around mental health. 2020's theme was 'Mental health for All' To mark the day, we asked colleagues to let us know what they do to look after their mental health. We also donated to mental health charities, supporting this year's theme of #MentalHealthforAll!

Download our World Mental Health Day 2020 summary

Ayrshire Cancer Support

Ayrshire Cancer Support has operated in Ayrshire since 1982, providing emotional support and practical help to those affected by cancer. Their aim is to improve the quality of life of those living with cancer and ensure that help is readily available throughout Ayrshire for those who need it.

What we did

HKA was proud to be able to support the excellent work of Ayrshire Cancer Support through the donation of six laptops, which allowed vital counselling and bereavement sessions to continue during the lockdown measures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Technical Director Euan Geddes and the European CSR Committee helped coordinate the donation on behalf of HKA to ensure Ayrshire Cancer Support counsellors could access the NHS Attend Anywhere / Near Me technology as their previous computers did not have built-in cameras.

Sandra McCall, Chief Executive of the charity said, “Thank you very much for the kind donation of six laptops from HKA to Ayrshire Cancer Support to assist us to deliver online cancer and bereavement counselling sessions during the current pandemic.

“Prior to the lockdown our counselling sessions took place face-to-face in our support centres and we had replaced these with telephone counselling while our staff are working from home. The laptops will allow us to use the NHS Attend Anywhere / Near Me technology to give our clients the option of using this video platform, which will be of great benefit to many.”

 

Euan said, “A heartfelt thanks to [the HKA team] for your efforts in making this happen – it is a charity and a cause which is close to my heart so I am enormously grateful.”

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R U OK? Australia

R U OK?'s vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide. Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

What we did

Each year, colleagues in our Oceania region use R U OK? to bring the topic of mental health front of mind. We have held morning teas across our offices in Australia, and send out communications to colleagues to remind them of the value of this simple but powerful question.

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Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue's vision is for everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health. Through their support services, programs, research, advocacy and communication activities, they aim to break down the stigma, prejudice and discrimination that act as barriers to people reaching out for support.

What we did

We attended Tough Mudder in Sydney! The ‘HKA Mudders’ helped each other through 16+ kilometres, 20+ obstacles, and lots and lots and lots of mud to raise money for Beyond Blue.

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Movember

Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

What we did

Colleagues in Oceania supported Movember, with a focus on mental health and suicide prevention. With support from our Mo-sistas and Mo-bros, we managed to a raise over AUS$3,000 throughout the month!

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